I decided at the start of 2014 that I will do my best to watch as many of the Academy Award Best Picture winners that I have never seen before. Shockingly, it was a longer list than I anticipated. While I own a decent number of Best Picture winners, I haven’t sat down to watch many of them, and in the past two years, only watched two more members of the list in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Unforgiven’.
So, the first film on tap for the conquering of this list this year was ‘Titanic’, for two reasons. First off, if there is one Best Picture winner that I had absolutely no desire to see at all, it was ‘Titanic’, a film I have long considered to be the biggest chick flick of all time, so I might as well just get it out of the way. Secondly, it was a gift on Blu-ray to my fiancee with a promise to watch it with her, so it also fixed a long standing issue with the honour of my word.
As for the film itself, ‘Titanic’ really is two different films in one, and sadly, neither of them touched home with me. At the start it really is a slow-burn against type romance film, decidedly right up the alley of most of the female population. The second half really is a borderline disaster flick as the unsinkable Titanic goes to the bottom of the Atlantic.
Sadly, the latter part of the film cannot escape the earlier parts, as the sinking is really used as a backdrop against which the continued love story reaches its climax. Neither of these facets are really built for a guy like me. Don’t get me wrong, I can respect great film-making at any time, even if I might not like the story, and that is precisely what ‘Titanic’ is for me.
This series will be ongoing throughout the summer as I start to make my way through other Best Picture Winners from previous Academy Awards.
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